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How a Hong Kong woman’s travels opened her heart to sponsoring needy Vietnamese girls in a country still grappling with child marriages and bride kidnapping

Agnes Lam’s experience as a flight attendant has made her aware of the large income gap in many societies, spurring her to help others.

Agnes Lam’s experience as a flight attendant has made her aware of the large income gap in many societies, spurring her to help others.

24 Aug 2019 - 5:01PM
Hong Kong’s core industries hammered by anti-government protest crisis with deep drops in retail, tourism and stock market

Economist lament ugly metrics: market down more than 25 per cent, tourist arrivals down 30 per cent and hotel prices slashed in half.

Economist lament ugly metrics: market down more than 25 per cent, tourist arrivals down 30 per cent and hotel prices slashed in half.

25 Aug 2019 - 5:03PM
Hong Kong protests: students from 10 universities and more than 100 secondary schools expected to join class boycott

Scale of the action was revealed as organisers of the university and secondary school strikes detailed their plans separately.

Scale of the action was revealed as organisers of the university and secondary school strikes detailed their plans separately.

23 Aug 2019 - 3:28AM
Singapore universities pull plug on Hong Kong stints for students on government advice

The Singapore education ministry’s guidance to universities to postpone trips to Hong Kong comes on the back of a government advisory for Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to the protest-hit city.

The Singapore education ministry’s guidance to universities to postpone trips to Hong Kong comes on the back of a government advisory for Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to the protest-hit city.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:34PM
Hong Kong’s banks say they have adequate cash to meet demand, even as calls circulate online for protesters to empty out ATMs

Several of Hong Kong’s biggest banks said they have enough cash on hand to handle any contingencies and are keeping a close eye on their ATM networks.

Several of Hong Kong’s biggest banks said they have enough cash on hand to handle any contingencies and are keeping a close eye on their ATM networks.

16 Aug 2019 - 9:41PM
With tougher security, Hong Kong airport returns to normal after anti-government protests

Violent clashes brought the city’s air traffic to a halt on Tuesday, prompting injunction against demonstrations. Riot police and private security guards were stationed at the site.

Violent clashes brought the city’s air traffic to a halt on Tuesday, prompting injunction against demonstrations. Riot police and private security guards were stationed at the site.

15 Aug 2019 - 11:42PM
Court issues injunction order to remove protesters from Hong Kong airport terminal after they clash with riot police

Protesters fight police in scenes of unprecedented violence at Hong Kong airport, as officials secured an injunction to remove those occupying the terminal building.

Protesters fight police in scenes of unprecedented violence at Hong Kong airport, as officials secured an injunction to remove those occupying the terminal building.

14 Aug 2019 - 11:43AM
Anti-government protesters severely disrupt Hong Kong International Airport for second day running

Demonstrators descend on departures area on Tuesday afternoon as airport tries to recover from crippling impact of Monday’s mass sit-in. Angry confrontations ensue between travellers and protesters blocking their path.

Demonstrators descend on departures area on Tuesday afternoon as airport tries to recover from crippling impact of Monday’s mass sit-in. Angry confrontations ensue between travellers and protesters blocking their path.

13 Aug 2019 - 10:04PM
Flights out of Hong Kong International Airport cancelled as anti-government protesters occupy terminal building

Demonstrators don eye patches at Lantau Island hub, one of the world’s busiest international airports, in anger that a girl allegedly shot with a police beanbag round could lose an eye.

Demonstrators don eye patches at Lantau Island hub, one of the world’s busiest international airports, in anger that a girl allegedly shot with a police beanbag round could lose an eye.

12 Aug 2019 - 5:48PM
Chief Executive Carrie Lam vows to do better job connecting with Hong Kong’s young people, as city leaders close ranks over anti-government protest crisis

City leader tells young people, ‘We hope that we can fight together to build a better Hong Kong’ – but another official says protesters trying to provoke Beijing.

City leader tells young people, ‘We hope that we can fight together to build a better Hong Kong’ – but another official says protesters trying to provoke Beijing.

12 Aug 2019 - 8:32AM
Explainer | What are the weapons Hong Kong police use on anti-government protesters, and how dangerous are they?

Various crowd control weapons are being used on protesters. Some are known, some less so. Here’s your guide to their effects.

Various crowd control weapons are being used on protesters. Some are known, some less so. Here’s your guide to their effects.

12 Aug 2019 - 11:54AM
How Hong Kong’s subsidised hostels struggle to provide care for severely mentally disabled young people

Enormous demand in other alternatives such as day-care services and private care homes mean few options are available unless families can provide adequate financial and physical support.

Enormous demand in other alternatives such as day-care services and private care homes mean few options are available unless families can provide adequate financial and physical support.

10 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM
Tear gas exposure at extradition bill protests causing Hong Kong journalists breathing and skin problems

Survey by group of doctors finds almost all respondents report respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough and coughing up blood.

Survey by group of doctors finds almost all respondents report respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough and coughing up blood.

10 Aug 2019 - 7:58AM
Pan-democrat lawmakers call on protesters to calm down to avoid ‘falling into government’s trap’, while Hong Kong feminist activist incurs wrath of demonstrators over Tin Shui Wai arrests

Gary Fan of NeoDemocrats says government is fuelling clashes among residents by branding protests a separatist movement so as to justify police crackdown.

Gary Fan of NeoDemocrats says government is fuelling clashes among residents by branding protests a separatist movement so as to justify police crackdown.

7 Aug 2019 - 10:20AM
Coffee a universal language for shop owner Gigi Tsang and Joanna Hu, her hearing-impaired employee who is a master brew maker

Joanna Hu began as a dish washer for store owner Gigi Tsang, but her employer’s encouragement means she’s now the first Home Brew Coffee Master with a hearing impairment, and helps run part of the business.

Joanna Hu began as a dish washer for store owner Gigi Tsang, but her employer’s encouragement means she’s now the first Home Brew Coffee Master with a hearing impairment, and helps run part of the business.

3 Aug 2019 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong psychiatrists volunteer to help city heal after stress of anti-government protests

Care4ALL programme will run until February and will focus on those with depression, anxiety, acute stress and PTSD, with more than 50 Hong Kong practitioners volunteering to take part.

Care4ALL programme will run until February and will focus on those with depression, anxiety, acute stress and PTSD, with more than 50 Hong Kong practitioners volunteering to take part.

31 Jul 2019 - 9:40AM
27 Jul 2019 - 11:00AM
Safety measures and stockpiled food as Yuen Long braces for march over Hong Kong violence

Shops and market stalls look set to close early ahead of march against mob attack that hit subway station last week. Fearing more clashes, some local residents are leaving the city for the weekend.

Shops and market stalls look set to close early ahead of march against mob attack that hit subway station last week. Fearing more clashes, some local residents are leaving the city for the weekend.

27 Jul 2019 - 6:16PM
E-sports, cosplay, manga and more on offer as E-Sports and Music Festival and Ani-Com Hong Kong try to draw gamers and anime fans despite possible extradition bill protests

Third E-Sports and Music Festival and 21st Ani-Com Hong Kong open with organisers playing down protest concerns – 80,000 visitors expected.

Third E-Sports and Music Festival and 21st Ani-Com Hong Kong open with organisers playing down protest concerns – 80,000 visitors expected.

26 Jul 2019 - 6:00AM
Cook caught up in shocking violence near Hong Kong MTR station recalls horrific ordeal as 20 people attacked him with sticks and canes as he made his way home from work

Calvin So was left severely injured with skin on his back torn, his hands and shoulders wounded and swollen.

Calvin So was left severely injured with skin on his back torn, his hands and shoulders wounded and swollen.

24 Jul 2019 - 12:02AM
Hong Kong drag queen Coco Pop says local cross-dressing performers on the rise

Boosted by the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the performances are increasingly normalised the world over. Bryan Chan thinks Hong Kong is starting to catch up.

Boosted by the popularity of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the performances are increasingly normalised the world over. Bryan Chan thinks Hong Kong is starting to catch up.

20 Jul 2019 - 4:00PM
Bruce Lee fan club appeals to Hong Kong government to save kung fu legend’s former mansion at Kowloon Tong, which is soon to be demolished

Disused house on Cumberland Road is set to become a Chinese studies centre but fans want to restore it and turn it into a museum devoted to the star, who died in 1973.

Disused house on Cumberland Road is set to become a Chinese studies centre but fans want to restore it and turn it into a museum devoted to the star, who died in 1973.

19 Jul 2019 - 11:26PM
Flu study to reduce spread of virus and boost immunity to it gets HK$50 million funding from Research Grants Council

Study aims to estimate speed of influenza spread and to predict epidemic’s size both before and during the outbreak after classes for young children have been abruptly cancelled for two consecutive years following winter flu surge.

Study aims to estimate speed of influenza spread and to predict epidemic’s size both before and during the outbreak after classes for young children have been abruptly cancelled for two consecutive years following winter flu surge.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong police chief condemns ‘rioters’ after extradition bill clashes in Sha Tin leave 22 people in hospital with six in critical or serious condition

Two in critical condition in hospital, with four seriously injured, following Sha Tin clashes, leading to arrest of dozens, while lawmakers criticise police tactics.

Two in critical condition in hospital, with four seriously injured, following Sha Tin clashes, leading to arrest of dozens, while lawmakers criticise police tactics.

17 Jul 2019 - 2:38PM
Hong Kong government’s feed-in tariff plan for renewable energy has been popular – but some residents bemoan cost, confusion and safety risks

CLP Power receives more than 3,400 applications for the scheme – but some complain of confusing installation guidelines and safety risks.

CLP Power receives more than 3,400 applications for the scheme – but some complain of confusing installation guidelines and safety risks.

15 Jul 2019 - 12:12AM
Tears and joy as Hong Kong Primary Six students find out which secondary school they will attend from September

Success rate lowest since 2012 with only 74 per cent students finding place at their first choice of school. Students must report to allocated secondary schools on Thursday and Friday.

Success rate lowest since 2012 with only 74 per cent students finding place at their first choice of school. Students must report to allocated secondary schools on Thursday and Friday.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:09PM
Hong Kong’s Disneyland Resort aims to become city’s biggest producer of solar power by 2019 in bid to tackle climate change and reduce carbon emissions

Electricity will be sold to CLP Power Hong Kong to encourage use of clean energy as part of government’s feed-in tariff scheme.

Electricity will be sold to CLP Power Hong Kong to encourage use of clean energy as part of government’s feed-in tariff scheme.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:47AM
Hong Kong engineer who could not make it to university after public exam shares his success story with students waiting for DSE results

Kyle Yip Wang-kui could not secure a seat in university after public exam because of poor marks, but succeeded in life with the help of vocational education

Kyle Yip Wang-kui could not secure a seat in university after public exam because of poor marks, but succeeded in life with the help of vocational education

9 Jul 2019 - 4:05AM
How extradition bill protests have united locals and ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

Families fear harsher immigration policies with perceived growing mainland influence, while some feel one with residents fighting for the same cause.

Families fear harsher immigration policies with perceived growing mainland influence, while some feel one with residents fighting for the same cause.

6 Jul 2019 - 11:37AM
Why Guan Yu – warrior god known as Duke Guan – is worshipped in Hong Kong and Asia by police, gangsters … and businessmen alike

The god was a historical figure, a third-century general named Guan Yu, and shrines to him are common sight in shops, restaurants, police stations and gangsters’ hideouts.

The god was a historical figure, a third-century general named Guan Yu, and shrines to him are common sight in shops, restaurants, police stations and gangsters’ hideouts.

24 Jul 2019 - 4:55PM